Anguille des jardins - Aquarium La Rochelle

Spotted Garden Eel

Heteroconger hassi
ne
Conservation status :

Not evaluated

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  • Group
    Actinopterygii
    Vertebrates
  • Size
    35 centimetres
  • Distribution area

    This species lives in the tropical part of the Indo-Pacific region, from the east coast of Africa to New Caledonia. It can also be found in the Red Sea.

Behind
this character

The spotted garden eel lives in colonies of several dozen to several hundreds, on sandy slopes exposed to currents, ranging from 7 to 45 m in depth.

They usually position themselves vertically above the bottom, with their tails inside the burrows that they dig and where they hide in case of danger. Sticking out of their burrows, they sway with the current, searching for food. Their diet is comprised of plankton.

 

« Because they rely on the current to bring their food to them,
colonies of spotted garden eels are never found in stagnant water. »

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